Hi all, A while ago, I shot a short film on 16mm, which was transferred onto Beta SP and 3/4. (Digibeta was out of the question for me at that time.) I tried to edit it off-line on the Avid (school facility) then. It's unfortunately no longer an option, and I'm planning to finish it on FCP. My initial plan was to ideally put it back on film. But it seems like it's not the only option anymore nowadays when everybody is going HD. So, I have considered that too. Non-compressed HD. These are parts of the system I had been hoping to put together. Capture card - DeckLink HD 4:4:4 PCIeeSATA card - Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P - 4 port "I" ExternalStorage - Sonnet Fusion 500P Enclosure - 1.25 TB SATA Array For the record, I do not have any intention of down-converting it to Mini-DV to save money. My goal with the film when it's finished is to enter student film festivals. But then I started hearing that it's possible but not recommended with what I have - Beta SP and I am not sure what to do. I'm so out of film/video post production stuff nowadays, so please bear with me if I lay down the silliest questions ever. Here we go... 1. Whether or not I should finish it by simply digitizing it 8 bit/10 bit through a Beta SP (rental) deck and output it when it's done onto Mini-DV or VHS to submit. 2. If ever selected, what is the next step? I mean, putting it back on film or something else to be screened? 3. If I want to go HD, do I really have to transfer all of it onto HD again in order to avoid crappy up-converted footage from Beta SP? 4. If so, is it really cost-effective in comparison to finishing it SD and putting it back on film? 5. If no more HD option is considered (due to mostly budget issue), I do not need external RAID hard drives along with eSATA cards? In other words, would the 3-extra-RAIDed hard drives do the job in terms of speed? If would, should I get 3 x 400 GB, 3 x 500GB, or 3 x 750GB? Would 3 x 750GB be too slow? 6. How about HD capture cards? If I go SD and just get a SD capture card for now, will prices on HD capture cards drop so that I could go HD in the near future (as in a couple of years) when it is more affordable? 7. If there's any economical way of solving this problem, what would that be? Thanks a million in advance.